Big Data and the Future of Journalism: A discussion among creators and consumers of big data
From 2008 to 2012, Nate Silver popularized a new category of media content, with readable and entertaining applications of data analysis to news stories and political events. His elections forecasting and poll aggregation has turned punditry on its head and proven that in numerous instances, math can tell us things that traditional reporting cannot.
More and more young talent has emerged to expand the concept, with writers appearing on the staff of major publications and on blogs across the internet. Now, major media outlets including the New York Times and ESPN are making big moves into the space, hiring entire teams of top shelf “datarati” talent to expand popularized data analysis beyond politics and into other content verticals. What will the new entities look like? Beyond rumors, speculation, and a few blog posts, nobody knows for sure.
Introduction by Steve Koczela – MassINC Polling Group
Dan Kennedy (Moderator) – Northeastern University
John Bracken – The Knight Foundation
Charlie Kravetz – WBUR
Paul McMorrow - CommonWealth Magazine